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Yes Man 2008

A guy challenges himself to say "yes" to everything for an entire year...

Release Date:
December 19, 2008
104 min
Peyton Reed
Spencer Garrett, Monica Sly, Tj Austin, ...
Comedy, Romance
USA, Australia

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Imdb rating:6.8

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This film could be a guidebook to living free. A hilarious yet profound look at the cost and rewards of remaining open to the unknown or to the new. Jim Carrey was born to play this role. :)

This is the opposite of Thoreau's "lives of quiet desperation." "Yes Man" reminds us that death is guaranteed, so that's not the risk... not living before then is what could be lost. 10/10
A much better romance than comedy, as the chemistry between Carrey and Deschanel make Carl and Allison look like they're really cut out for each other.....
Funny movie that's not stupidly over the top. I enjoyed it.
is this movie funny as hell... YES MAN
Freakin' hilarious! Especially if you love Jim Carrey. Perfect balance between humor and meaning. I laughed the entire way through and felt enlightened afterward. Rhys Darby kills it-he is hilarious. A MUST SEE.
This is Jim Carrey at his best. I was laughing 90% of the time, and the other 10% was just enough time to recover for the next round of laughs. Even if you aren't a Jim Carrey fan, this movie will change your mind!
worthy of a evening show.
saw this in a sneak preview last tuesday. was pleasantly surprised. really enjoyed it, Jim C wasn't all over the map like he sometimes is and Zoe D was very watchable.
I loved this movie. I'm glad Jim is back, I missed him. Go and see yes man!
Gimme a f'n break!!!!! After a few minutes you get sick of the over the top exagerated nonsense...high school students could have done better with a digital camera and adlibbed acting with no script....boring...
Yes Man, a high-concept comedy starring Jim Carrey (Fun with Dick and Jane, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Bruce Almighty, Me, Myself & Irene, Man on the Moon, The Truman Show, Liar, Liar, The Cable Guy), is surprisingly, sadly, less than the sum of its comedic parts. Despite Peyton Reed (The Break-Up, Down With Love, Bring It On) behind the camera and Nicholas Stoller (Forgetting Sarah Marshall) as one of two credited screenwriters, Yes Man flounders once it quickly exhausts its premise of a character who can't say no. Featuring a mix of tried and tired sight gags and verbal humor, plus the usual Carrey camera mugging, Yes Man is the un-perfect film for the holidays, sporadically funny, often not, and entirely forgettable.

In his forties, divorced, and stuck in a dead-end job as a junior loan officer at a savings and loan, Carl Allen (Jim Carrey) says no to everything, including his two best friends, Peter (Bradley Cooper) and Rooney (Danny Masterson). Despite their best efforts to help Carl get over his ex-wife, Stephanie (Molly Sims), he still pines for her. When he's coaxed out of his apartment to hang out at a bar and celebrate Peter's upcoming marriage to Lucy (Sasha Alexander), Carl runs into Stephanie and her new boyfriend. Disconsolate, Carl retreats to his unfulfilling daily routine until he runs into an old friend, Nick (John Michael Higgins), who suggests Carl needs to attend a self-help seminar run by Terrence Bundley (Terence Stamp), a Tony Robbins clone with a British accent and a Zen-like demeanor who counsels seminar attendees to just say "Yes" to everything. If Carl doesn't say yes, bad things will happen.

Figuring he has nothing to lose and maybe, just maybe, everything to gain, Carl attends one of Bundley's seminars and even gets one-on-one attention from Bundley himself. Moments after leaving the seminar, Carl's decision to say yes to everything runs into the first obstacle, a homeless man (Brent Briscoe) who needs a ride into the local park, some time on Carl's cell phone and cash. Seconds later, Carl's car runs out of gas. At the gas station, Carl meets Allison (Zooey Deschanel), a free-spirited woman who offers Carl a ride on her scooter and a kiss to end the evening. Rolling with the new "yes" philosophy, Carl takes up guitar lessons, studies Korean, and learns to fly a plane. By again saying yes to a flyer promoting local bands, he runs into Allison again as she performs with her band Munchausen by Proxy.

Yes Man fits neatly into Carrey's earlier, commercially successful high-concept comedies, Bruce Almighty and Liar, Liar. In Bruce Almighty, God (Morgan Freeman) gives Bruce (Carrey) his powers. In Liar, Liar, the central character, a lawyer discovers he can't tell a lie, even when his professional and personal life depends on it. Along with Yes Man, each comedy gives Carrey plenty of room to get physical, throwing his body to cough up a few laughs. Yes Man is tamer in comparison, maybe because Carrey has hit his mid-forties and isn't as durable as he once was. Then again, Carrey's attempts at drama, specifically The Number 23 and, more successfully, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Man on the Moon, and The Truman Show all suggest Carrey's desire to break away from his comedic roots, until, of course, he needs another commercial hit, as he obviously does now.

Thematically and dramatically, there isn't much to Yes Man. Carl's a drip, stuck in a negative spiral of bitterness and unhappiness, almost miraculously, turns his life around by following a simple (and simplistic) philosophy that puts a premium on divine guidance or blind luck (probably the latter). As with any character in a Hollywood comedy or drama, Carl has to undergo personal change. By the end of Yes Man, his experiences, good, bad, and middling, are expected to turn him into a "better" human being, at least one who'll take the plunge into the most dangerous sporting activity of all, romance. That he gets there and, more importantly, that we care, is due primarily to Carrey's charms as an actor and not Peyton Reed's anonymous direction or Nicholas Stoller and co-screenwriter, Jarrad Paul's writing, which rarely rises above the obvious and the maudlin.

Far worse than Yes Man's comedic inconsistencies has to be the blatant, ubiquitous product placement. Early on, we get "treated" to Carl taking a stroll through a Blockbuster video store, Carl lovingly fondling a DVD copy of 300, Carl picking up a copy of Transformers to rent, Carl showing up at a date with Allison overloaded on Red Bull, Carl appearing at Norm's Harry Potter party dressed as Harry Potter, a body- and face-painted Carl cheering wildly at a Nebraska Cornhuskers football game, Carl borrowing an acquaintance's Ducati motorcycle (pronouncing it several times, just in case the audience didn't hear Carl the first and second time), and driving past a UPS truck as he speeds toward his romantic destiny. Those examples are just the most obvious. A more discerning would likely pick up several (many?) more examples of blatantly obnoxious product placement.
I think they were trying to squeeze the juice out of "Liar, Liar". No more, no less.
Easily Carrey's funniest comedy in years. His performance is very real, and down to earth, without the usual antics that only his true fans appreciate. Best comedy of 2008.
The man is to retarded and crazy. It's anoying when he says yes all the time. Jim Carry is crazier than Will Ferall.
It's nice to see Jim Carrey again. I know most people are still a bit burnt out on him but I still enjoy his movies. This is, for the most part, your typical romantic comedy. There are laughs here and there along with a bit of emotion now and again. I would have liked to have seen a bit more extreme things he says yes to in the movie as in the scene with the grandma. It was hands down the funniest part of the movie and it would not have hurt to include a couple of other scenes on that level. I didn't really care for his gf in this film. She was okay which is more than I can say for her performance in the Happening. A performance like that in this film would have definitely made it less enjoyable. All in all, everyone works together nicely to pull off a decent comedy that most should enjoy.
Yes Man was an ok flick. Really your typical "feel good" movie with the usual ups and downs. Jim Carry still has his signature comedy which I still find hilarious, but in this movie there is a lot less of it. Wait until the DVD release which may come sooner than you think.
I like Jim Carry in this one. The acting was good, it was a funny script and even ends the movie was one last gag. I would suggest any Jim Carry fan to go, because it is a guarantee winner for him or her.
Yes Man is a classic case of a movie with nothing to give other than what is shown in the previews. Honestly, the trailer is more entertaining than the actual movie, because the movie itself is nothing more than a one-trick pony who is adamant that he will show his trick over and over and over and over again until everyone knows his trick and likes his trick, even though his trick wasn't so great to begin with and only gets worse on repeat viewings.

Jim Carrey's rubbery face and similarly flexible voice make him a great comedic lead, and he has his moments here, but with such bland material, there's only so far he can go. He tries hard, and there are times where it really works, but ultimately he's bound by the chains of a lame story. If only he was given the chance to do something on par with The Truman Show and Eternal Sunshine again, instead of this Fun With Dick and Jane-caliber crap.

Carrey even has a good supporting cast, but still to no avail. Zooey Deschanel is adorable as the odd "rock" singer, and Rhys Darby (of Flight of the Conchords relative fame) steals every scene he's in as Carrey's boss.

Even if the movie fails, it is fun to imagine a life where every question received "yes" as an answer. Could be really terrible.

Seven Pounds is manipulative as hell, utterly predictable, and occasionally corny, but it somehow still manages to be a really good movie. How can that be? I have a sneaking suspicion that it has to do with the acting prowess of Will Smith and Rosario Dawson. Smith is in top form here, even if he's basically playing a different version of other characters (he has that trademark like Clooney does, where there's always an element of himself in his characters...not that that's necessarily a bad thing), and Rosario is great in her role, not to mention incredibly beautiful, as always. It's strange how Smith's character is sort of a creep and sort of a douchebag, considering he's the hero of the story, but it does make sense in the context of the film.

I like the Shakespearean allusion of the title, and the film definitely hits a few heartstrings, even if it does so in an unfair way. There is some honest emotion hidden away in the depths of this product of the Hollywood Tearjerking Machine, and when it bursts through in the final scene (which strangely reminded me of the last Harry Potter book; if you read it, I think you'll get what I mean), it's like a punch right to the heart's gut. Our German exchange student friend was sobbing at the conclusion; not bad for her first movie in an American theater.
Yes Man was completely predictable throughout the film (what do you expect from a film that requires yes to everything). The real star of the film was Zooey Deschanel. Her dry and wierd personality kept me laughing, but I felt Carrey watched Liar Liar to get into character because he essentially did the same expressions and annoying sounds that he is known for. I wouldn't say No or Yes, because there were funny parts but it wasn't the best I've seen from Carrey. I almost wish he'd stay in Dramas.
Funny as hell, and yet still has a good message. the last comedys coming out latley have been pretty crude and foul ( not that i dont like that) but its nice to see a movie that your family might enjoy too. its definitley a great story and funny acting from jim carrey, but not so much from the female lead. she almost seems to dull to be opposite of jim carey, but she'll have to do. overall its a good film and definitley worth seeing, so as i usually say, fuck the proffesional critics, as all they seem to do is nit pick at the movies and complain about the littleist things, take it from someone who just cares whether the movie is GOOD or NOT. this one's really good....
I found myself often reciting lines, word for word, before they even happened. Also, nobody literally says "No," out-loud to everything that comes their way. However, still a very entertaining movie, and fun to watch. I recommend this one if you are looking for something to do, but don't see it and hope for a highly original flick.
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